Deep Store
Learn about the deep store that stores a compressed copy of segment files in Pinot.
The deep store (or deep storage) is the permanent store for segment files.
It is used for backup and restore operations. New server nodes in a cluster will pull down a copy of segment files from the deep store. If the local segment files on a server gets damaged in some way (or accidentally deleted), a new copy will be pulled down from the deep store on server restart.
The deep store stores a compressed version of the segment files and it typically won't include any indexes. These compressed files can be stored on a local file system or on a variety of other file systems. For more details on supported file systems, see File Systems.
Note: Deep store alone is not sufficient for restoring data. Pinot uses Zookeeper to store metadata such as table schema, config, segment metadata etc, which is also required along with data in deep-store for restore operations.

How do segments get into the Deep Store?

There are several different ways that segments are persisted in the deep store.
For offline tables, the batch ingestion job writes the segment directly into the deep store, as shown in the diagram below:
Batch job writing a segment into the deep store
The ingestion job then sends a notification about the new segment to the controller, which in turn notifies the appropriate server to pull down that segment.
For real-time tables, by default, a segment is first built-in memory by the server. It is then uploaded to the lead controller (as part of the Segment Completion Protocol sequence), which writes the segment into the deep store, as shown in the diagram below:
Server sends segment to Controller, which writes segments into the deep store
Having all segments go through the controller can become a system bottleneck under heavy load, in which case you can use the peer download policy, as described in Decoupling Controller from the Data Path.
When using this configuration the server will directly write a completed segment to the deep store, as shown in the diagram below:
Server writing a segment into the deep store

Configuring the Deep Store

For hands-on examples of how to configure the deep store, see the following tutorials: